|Cheryl Hayashi: The magnificence of spider silk - TED.com|
Cheryl Hayashi studies spider silk, one of nature's most high-performance materials. Each species of spider can make up to 7 very different kinds of silk. How do they do it? Hayashi explains at the DNA level -- then shows us how this super-strong, super-flexible material can inspire.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; MacArthur grant; biomechanics; biomimicry; science; technology; TED2010; 2010
|Paul Root Wolpe: It's time to question bio-engineering - TED.com|
At TEDxPeachtree, bioethicist Paul Root Wolpe describes an astonishing series of recent bio-engineering experiments, from glowing dogs to mice that grow human ears. He asks: Isn't it time to set some ground rules?
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDxPeachtree; TED; Talks; biology; biomechanics; future; genetics; philosophy; science; 2010
|A robot that flies like a bird - TED.com|
Plenty of robots can fly -- but none can fly like a real bird. That is, until Markus Fischer and his team at Festo built SmartBird, a large, lightweight robot, modeled on a seagull, that flies by flapping its wings. A soaring demo fresh from TEDGlobal 2011.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2011; TED; Talks; animals; biomechanics; biomimicry; design; robots; technology; 2011
|Torsten Reil builds better animations - TED.com|
Torsten Reil talks about how the study of biology can help make natural-looking animated people -- by building a human from the inside out, with bones, muscles and a nervous system. He spoke at TED in 2003; see his work now in GTA4.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2003; TED; Talks; animals; biomechanics; demo; design; entertainment; gaming; technology; 2003
|Robert Full: Learning from the gecko's tail - TED.com|
Biologist Robert Full studies the amazing gecko, with its supersticky feet and tenacious climbing skill. But high-speed footage reveals that the gecko's tail harbors perhaps the most surprising talents of all.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; animals; biology; biomechanics; design; materials; robots; technology; TED2009; 2009
|Steven Strogatz on sync - TED.com|
Mathematician Steven Strogatz shows how flocks of creatures (like birds, fireflies and fish) manage to synchronize and act as a unit -- when no one's giving orders. The powerful tendency extends into the realm of objects, too.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2004; TED; Talks; biology; biomechanics; math; science; society; technology; 2004
|Theo Jansen creates new creatures - TED.com|
Artist Theo Jansen demonstrates the amazingly lifelike kinetic sculptures he builds from plastic tubes and lemonade bottles. His creatures are designed to move -- and even survive -- on their own.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2007; TED; Talks; animals; art; arts; biomechanics; creativity; demo; design; entertainment; short talk; technology; 2007